Current Thoracic Surgery 2023 , Vol 8 , Issue 2
Importance of simulation devices in thoracic surgery education: a prospective comparative study
Celal Bugra Sezen1,Gamze Tanrikulu1,Mustafa Vedat Dogru1,Semih Erduhan1,Yasar Sonmezoglu1,Volkan Erdogu1,Nisa Yildiz1,Ozkan Saydam1,Muzaffer Metin1
1Department of Thoracic Surgery, Yedikule Chest Diseases and Thoracic Surgery Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey DOI : 10.26663/cts.2023.0012 Viewed : 260 - Downloaded : 82 Background: This manuscript aims to evaluate VATS lobectomy simulation training and the success of surgeons who have just started on simulation.

Materials and Methods: In the study, which was designed prospectively, we used a VATS simulation device to evaluate two expert surgeons and three residents’ VATS right upper lobectomy outcomes. Fortyfive resections were performed by residents (Group-A), while 43 resections were performed by expert surgeons (Group-B).

Results: 45 (51.1%) were in Group-A, and 43 were in Group-B 78 (88.6%) successful resections were completed in simulation. The division and stapling time of the bronchus, superior pulmonary vein, and superior pulmonary artery was shorter for Group-B than for Group-A (p < 0.05). Eight resections (17.8%) could not be completed in Group-A due to complications, while in Group-B, two resections (4.7%) were incomplete due to complications (p = 0.090).

Conclusions: Based on this study, we believe that the experience of novice surgeons can be increased, especially with simulation training. Completion of similar operations also showed good content validity, especially when compared with experienced surgeons. Keywords : VATS, stimulation, thoracic surgery, lobectomy, lung resection